A good article by Mike Brearley in the Times today. For obvious reasons I can't link it but this abstract will give you the drift. ©The Times.
Where have the fast bowlers gone?
I met Michael Holding at the Kia Oval, on the first afternoon of the Test. I wanted to talk to him about fast bowling, its decline in Test cricket and about his own feat on a low, flat pitch on the same ground 27 years ago, when he took 14 wickets against England, 12 of them bowled or leg-before.
Having recently watched Fire in Babylon, the film that told the story of the emergence of West Indies into a cricketing superpower, I was struck by how tame fast bowling is nowadays. Contrast batting against Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, as West Indies themselves did, succumbing to a 5-1 defeat in 1975-76, and against Andy Roberts, Holding himself, Wayne Daniel, followed by Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, and ending with Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. And don’t forget Bob Willis, Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Mike Procter, Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram and many others from that era.
Edited by knocker, 24 August 2013 - 11:28 .